J. G. Tajovský Theatre, Zvolen

The Bonnet

Tue / 5 / 10 / 21
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM VSTUPENKY TU
Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra
> Great Hall 

language: Slovak, English synopsis available

no intermission

performance followed by discussion with creators



Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre, Zvolen, SLOVAKIA

The Bonnet

directed by: Peter Palik

The story about two women and one original Šumiac bonnet under a sensitive and playful direction and with captivating harmony between Zvolen theatre’s collective of actors, the narrative transforms into a suggestive and multi-layered artwork. 

The story is really quite simple: Katka visits Iľka to learn to sew the bonnet. But in this stage rendition, under a sensitive and playful direction and with captivating harmony between Zvolen theatre’s collective of actors, the narrative transforms into a suggestive and multi-layered artwork. The piece is based on a novel of the same title, poet Katarína Kucbelová’s prosaic debut published in 2019 that earned several nominations and awards, but even more importantly a sizeable readership. And this production by no means lags behind. The autobiographical story of young Katarína, who comes to the central Slovak village of Šumiac to train in the ways of making the original Šumiac bonnet from a village-woman by the name of Iľka, comes alive in a brilliant and visually powerful synthesis of dramatic performance, movement and folklore. The women’s relationship does not only revolve around passing on tradition but especially about the issue of understanding our woman’s identity, our nation’s mentality and our country’s nature. This is no mere shallow confrontation of past and present, the modern and the traditional, the urban and the rural. Above all, this play is about a search for the roots of one’s being, self and the origin of one’s decisions. On the one hand it effects an uneasy realization that certain stereotypes persist in our society, while on the other the liberating awareness that human life is not set in stone and that everyone has a right to freedom and change.

directed by: Peter Palik
dramaturgy: Uršuľa Turčanová
set design: Peter Palik
costume design: Viktória Csányiová
projections: Veronika Šmírová
music: Martin Geišberg
musical co-operation: Daniel Špiner
choreography: Libuša Bachratá
cast: Tereza Slavkovská, Dana Karolová, Mária Knoppová, Svetlana Hank Sarvašová, Iveta Marcineková, Ondřej Daniš, Daniel Výrostek, Lucia Letková, Juraj Smutný, Marek Rozkoš, Ján Marcinek

presentation at Divadelná Nitra supported by Slovak Arts Council, Nitra Self-Governing Region, The City of Nitra, SPP Foundation, LITA — authors society

Peter Palik (1979) graduated in environmental education from the Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica and in puppet theatre directing and dramaturgy from the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. He was dramaturge at the Puppet Theatre Žilina and in-house director at Spiš Theatre. He co-founded Bábková Žilina Puppet Theatre Festival. He has had dramaturgical and directorial engagements in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Hungary, and at the Radio and Television of Slovakia. He also creates works for children, having authored over thirty plays and stage adaptations of children’s books. Together with Ján Uličiansky, he published the story book Palette Stories, which earned awards for Most Beautiful Children’s Book of Winter 2008 and Best Children’s Book of Winter 2007. He lectures at the Puppeteering Department of the Theatre Faculty, Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. He has received a number of prestigious awards in Slovakia and abroad. His productions have been staged at international theatre festivals in China, Russia, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Bulgaria and the Ukraine. Since May 2020, he is artistic director at the Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre in Zvolen, where he directed a highly rated production of Peter Karvaš’s play Midnight Mass.